Buying Exotic Lumber #1: Photo Blog

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Blog entry by Michael posted 01-24-2012 10:33 PM 10068 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of three warehouses stacked to the ceiling with 135 different varieties of wood at Cropp Timber. Adding the same wood variety coming from several different countries puts the total closer to 160 different varieties.

I had to stop buying wood when I ran out of room in my van. Most of the wood had to be crosscut with a chainsaw at two meters in length so that it would fit in my van.

Three large Bubinga slabs. I found these tucked back in the corner of a warehouse under a set of stairs. They made me a offer I couldn’t refuse. I have no idea what I’ll do with them, but I’m sure it’ll be great.

This is fewer than half of the Ovangkol slabs that I picked up. I’d never seen this wood before. It turned out to be gorgeous. It was another offer that I just couldn’t resist. I liked it so much, that I went back two weeks later and bought more.

More Ovangkol slabs and a stack of Black Walnut in the corner. My Ovangkol projects: Sculpture, Wine Racks, Side Table, Mirror Frame, Wine Table, Wine Cabinet, Rustic Shelves, Another Wine Table, Chest. My Black Walnut Projects: Quilt Rack, Pet Memorial Box.

I cleaned up a piece of Ovangkol and Black Walnut to get an idea of what they look like. They look pretty good. This Ovangkol slab ended up as the top to a wine rack.

Cocobolo slabs. Need I say more?
The first two pieces from the right became Candle Holders. The third and fourth pieces from the right became a hall table (Revisited). Pet Urn

Despite buying enough lumber to last me six months, I was back two weeks later to get more. I’m like a kid in a candy store here.

I didn’t load the van to the ceiling this time, but it was a good haul nonetheless. The two slabs on top are Sycamore and were thrown in for free (it’s good to be around when a wholesaler is cleaning up a warehouse).

My free Sycamore slabs. Sycamore Slab Waterfall Table, Wine Buffet

Sapele boards and a Khaya slab. Even rough cut you can see the great figure in the Sapele.
Wine Buffet

European Oak. Wine Buffet Wine Cabinet

Quit standing around and get to work.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 11:30 PM

drool ….....

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 12:31 AM

Wow, wow and more wow.

Would love to have a stack of lumber like that to choose from.

Can’t wait to see what you make from them.

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 01:22 AM

WOW I’m just Speechless…..............................

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 01:28 AM

I was going to drive over and pick up some of that but my truck doesn’t float. Lots of envy over here.

-- Harry, Indiana

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 01:12 PM

Cropp Timber is the only place in Germany that I have found exotic hardwoods. They are located at the port in Hamburg where they import wood from around the world. Unfortunately, they are a 600 kilometer drive from where I live; a round-trip drive of about 14 hours. So, when I go I buy as much as I can fit in the van / afford. Since I’m usually not buying for specific projects I’ll buy whatever they have on sale. So far that has worked out great.

-- ~Michael,

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 10:12 PM

And I thought I was bad ! LOL
Great collection : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 03-28-2012 02:16 PM

Sweet trip nice score!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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